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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, December 13, 1988 - Page 11

USC
Continued from Page 1.
And of course, USC wouldn't be the Trojans
without great running backs. Junior Aaron Emanuel,
who is already being considered a Heisman Trophy
candidate for next year, leads a quintet of tailbacks.
"Despite suffering numerous injuries and sitting out all
:of last season, Emanuel has averaged almost 82 yards
h per game in limited duty.
Moreover, he scored eight touchdowns, including a
25-yard touchdown run against UCLA.
Sophomore Scott Lockwood, who started five
games at tailback, is averaging 4.5 yards per carry.
Lockwood is a breakaway runner who has the power
and speed to burn through even the smallest of holes.
ON THE OTHER SIDE of the ball stands the
backbone of the Trojans' squad. Anchored by All-
America safety Mark Carrier, USC has only allowed
its opponents an average of 14.7 points per game.
Furthermore, the Trojans have owned the trenches.
Led by All-America tackle Tim Ryan, USC has
allowed opposing rushers a mere 2.7 yards per carry -
an amazing statistic when you consider that the
Trojans played Oklahoma and Arizona, two schools
that run the wishbone, and UCLA, which features
great talents in its backfield.
Bringing the offense and defense together is coach
Larry Smith, known around USC as the miracle
worker. In just two short years as the Trojan skipper,
Smith has guided USC to an 18-5 record and two Rose
Bowl appearances. The Trojans had a shot at the
national title until losing to Notre Dame in their
regular-seaon finale.
SMITH OWES a lot of his success to Bo
Schembechler. Smith worked as an assistant to the
Michigan coach when he was at Miami (Ohio) and
then moved to Ann Arbor with Schembechler when Bo
took his position with the Wolverines.
Unfortunately, Smith learned two bad habits from
Schembechler - one is throwing a temper tantrum
after a bad game. "After my first loss at Tulane I was
pretty mad," Smith said. "We got killed. When the
plane came back I threw my suitcase on the top of the
stairs on to the ground. Then I stormed past the media
and didn't say anything ... I learned that from Bo."
And the second is losing in the Rose Bowl game,
where Schembechler is 1-7 and Smith is 0-1.
Nonetheless, USC students are confident the Trojans
will be victorious. And why not? They have the best
quarterback in the country, one of the strongest
defenses, and as if that isn't enough they also have the
,"home" field advantage.

'M'9
Continued from Page 1
be dusted off and used. Anything to pull out the win.
Imagine Michigan tailback Tony Boles taking the
handoff, running across the field, throwing back across
to wide receiver Greg McMurtry, who promptly flings
the ball downfield to a wide-open John Kolesar. Sound
confusing? Imagine playing defense against it.
Here's more evidence. Schembechler has been
snakebit against USC. He lost to the Trojans in 1970,
1977, and 1979.
"OUR RECORD against them is great. They're
probably licking their chops," Schembechler said.
In 1970, on the morning of his first Rose Bowl,
Schembechler had a heart attack. He didn't find out the
results of the game until the next day.
"That was the first sign," said Schembechler, who
has a 1-7 record in Pasadena. "I should have known
then that me and the Rose Bowl wouldn't get along."
Then there was the phantom touchdown it 1979
that USC tailback Charles White scored in the second
quarter of the Trojans' 17-10 victory. That's one play
Schembechler remembers vividly.
"(White) lost the ball before he crossed the goal
line," Schembechler said. "It was the dumbest call I
ever saw. I was watching the sports news on TV that
night and they asked him if he thought he scored. He
said, 'Yup.'
"Then they showed the play from every angle and
while they showed it, they played 'It's Impossible.'
You know, 'It's impossible, tee-dee, dee, dee,' " said a
singing Schembechler.
IT'S USC'S time to sing the maize and blues.
Defensive tackle Mark Messner will still be
outraged that he did not win the Outland Award or the
Lombardi Trophy. Watch out Scott Lockwood. Watch
out Leroy Holt. For Peete's sake, watch out Rodney.
Remember the movie "Fast Times At Ridgemont
High"? Remember when Ridgemont's star player
found his Trans Am mutilated and what he did to
archrival Lincoln High when he thought they were
responsible? That will be Messner.
Besides, Michigan has to win. Otherwise, its fans
won't be able to wonder what would have happened if
Gillette hit the last second field goal against Notre
Dame, or if Michigan hadn't blown a 30-14 lead
against Miami (Fla.) in the final 5 minutes, 30
seconds, or if Tracy Williams hadn't fumbled on the
one-yard line with a minute left against Iowa in the
17-17tie.
National championship? I wonder..

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